French Cyclkist Houanard Gets Two-Year Ban for EPO Use

French cyclist Steve Houanard has been suspended for two years after testing positive for the banned substance Erythropoietin, or EPO, the International Cycling Union said.

The 26-year-old Ag2r-La Mondiale rider tested positive for the endurance-boosting drug during an out-of-competition test in September, the UCI said in an e-mailed statement today. Houanard has accepted his suspension, it said.

The UCI further said it has asked the Belgian National Cycling Federation RLVB to start a “disciplinary procedure” against rider Leif Hoste for a violation of anti-doping rules on the basis of his blood profile in his biological passport.

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